OldGrowth (2341) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Tylers apex. God aroma sweet. Citrus streak. Cherry, tad hazed, reddish orange color mice initial head, faded to a ring. Spotty lace, sweet bitter flavors. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish that fades. Has moments. Aroma and flavor have a cherry orange mix that is nice, yet tad medicinal. Deceptive abc. Fun to try, probably not reaching for another.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rue Cler, Durham. Nice bright red pour, with an inviting creamy head on it. Strong hoppy aroma was a pleasant surprise, some biting spice and intense citrus. Balanced and fairly understated malts at the core, warming but not heavy or overdone. Perhaps just a bit too sweet in places but thatís what you get with an ASA. And overall it worked as a nice balance of bitter and sweet.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: Imperial Amber
Date: April 17, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Appearance: hazy copper, frothy beige head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of candy sweetness, balancing hops, hint of fruityness, light bitter finish
Name: Imperial Amber
Date: April 21, 2012
Source: hickory hops
same as a couple of years ago with the addition of the creamy body from the cask,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt red colored pour with a large off-white head. Aroma of caramel, spicy hops, brown sugar, and apples. Nutty taste with caramel and spices. Full bodied and tasted a lot like a barleywine.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from nearbeer. Thanks for this one. Poured a murky orange brown color with a soapy off white head. Smelled of caramel, light husky grain, and orange. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. Carbonation was pleasantly on the low end of the spectrum. I tasted caramel, toffee, light alcohol, subdued pineapple, and citrusy hops. Pretty good stuff, very much like a double IPA.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Cloudy cranberry color with a large off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, spicy hops, brown sugar, tart cherry. Nutty taste with caramel and very spicy and bristly hop notes. Lemon and brown sugar notes as well. Full bodied and very much like a barleywine.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Everything about this beer seemed like an average barleywine...amber color, sticky sweet smell mixed with alcohol, syrupy flavors with a huge alcoholic finish, and an exorbitant $11/bottle price tag. Unfortunately for an 8% alcohol beer that didn’t even have to leave the county to reach my house, that’s not really a good review. If this stuff were available for $7 a sixer, I’d certainly buy it again as it was an interesting beer, but for that cost I can get some much smoother and far more interesting beers.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I held out on this for almost a month, because of its 10 dollar price tag. What a disappointment. Cloudy amber pour fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavor, not enough malts to balance it out. a little warm on the finish
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red colored beer with a small off-white head. Sweet apple juice like malt in the aroma with some strong piney presence. Bad mix of flavors. There’s too much sweetness upfront and it clashes with the bitter finish. Not enjoying this one.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a reddish amber with a one finger creamy tan/yellow head. The nose was pretty hoppy, more of a piney/herbal hop nose, some alcohol, sweet bready malt. The flavor was warming, had a decent bitterness, piny and herbal hops, could have had more body to support the alcohol and bitterness. Overall not a bad brew, best I’ve had by them.